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After the Funeral 

When a man disinherits his sole beneficiary and bequeaths his wealth to others just prior to his death, Poirot is called in to investigate.


Maurice Phillips


Agatha Christie (novel), Philomena McDonagh (screenplay)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Suchet ... Hercule Poirot
Philip Anthony Philip Anthony ... Vicar (as Phillip Anthony)
Robert Bathurst ... Gilbert Entwhistle
Anna Calder-Marshall ... Maude Abernethie
John Carson ... Richard Abernethie
Kevin Doyle ... Inspector Morton
Michael Fassbender ... George Abernethie
Fiona Glascott ... Rosamund
Geraldine James ... Helen Abernethie
Dominic Jephcott ... Dr. Larraby
Vicky Ogden ... Janet
Julian Ovenden ... Michael Shane
Lucy Punch ... Susannah Henderson
William Russell ... Lanscombe
Annabel Scholey ... 'Miss Sorrel'


His friend, solicitor Gilbert Entwhistle, asks Hercule Poirot to help solve a riddle and a murder. The riddle has to do with Richard Abernethie's will. It would seem that he changed his will immediately prior to his death, distributing all of his wealth equally among family members but excluding George Abernethie who, in all previous wills, had been the sole beneficiary. The two had supposedly argued recently, but Entwhistle suspects the new will may be a forgery. As for the murder, he would like Poirot to investigate the death of Cora Galaccio, who was violently beaten to death the day after Richard's funeral. She too had inherited from the suspect will, but are the two deaths and the will all part of a greater plot, or is there a simpler explanation? Written by garykmcd

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English | French | Italian

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26 March 2006 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


At least once after the murder, Miss Gilchrist briefly slips into the character of Cora, most notably at dinner with Poirot and the rest of the suspects. During the discussion of the green malachite table, when she apologizes for mentioning its value she noticeably begins to stammer and speak in Cora's distinctive voice, as she had during the family's reunion. See more »


When the group gathered after dinner, Rosamund makes a comment referencing a revival of the play "The Miracle Worker", however that play was first adapted by William Gibson for a 1957 Playhouse 90 production, while this Poirot adaptation is set in mid 1930s England. The Miracle Worker is the English title of a 1937 Russian film, Chudesnitsa, but there was no stage play. See more »


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Poirot at his best
3 October 2015 | by revans-58368See all my reviews

I am simply adding to the already list of hugely positive reviews there are for After the Funeral. It's a very good Poirot novel, but there are so many key elements here that make this production so particularly fine. In terms of setting the house used looks so good, it's so in keeping for the period, the music is fantastic too, there have been a few occasions where the music has been too loud and too obtrusive, not here it fits in well. As it should be though, this one is all about the acting, and it's flawless, there is some fun provided by Timothy and Maud, there is the serious side from Michael Fassbender, the sadness from Susannah, but it's the villain that's the star of the piece, I won't name them just in case, but they are are totally brilliant, and steals the show. As far as Poirot is concerned they don't come much better then this one.

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